An Open Letter from Florida Religious Leaders
One of the many ballot measures Florida voters will encounter on November 6 is a proposal that would amend the state constitution for the sole purpose of limiting a woman's healthcare options. To defeat this unnecessary and dangerous amendment, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has partnered with Catholics for Choice, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Inc., and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to create Faith Voices Against Amendment 6. We believe that the decision to end a pregnancy is best left to a woman, in consultation with her doctor, her family, and her faith.
Please join us!
If you are a religious leader in Florida, defined as clergy, professors, heads of religious organizations, or others with prominent standing in your religious community, please sign the letter below and encourage your religious leader colleagues to do the same!
Please visit http://votenoon6.com/ for more information about the overall campaign. We can only defeat Amendment 6 by working together.
Every Woman Deserves Compassion, Support, and Respect: Vote NO on Amendment 6
We, the undersigned religious leaders from all across the state of Florida, urge you to vote NO on Amendment 6 this coming Election Day. Amendment 6 is an unnecessary and dangerous proposal that interferes with a woman’s ability to make important decisions about her own health. We believe that the decision to end a pregnancy is best left to a woman in consultation with her doctor, her family, and through discernment of her own faith tradition and practices.
Sadly, sometimes a pregnancy can go tragically wrong. Some pregnancies result in serious fetal abnormalities, while others may place a woman’s health or future fertility in danger. When this happens, a woman and her family deserve all the medically available options. Our religious values call us to offer compassion, support, and respect to a woman and her family in these trying times.
In the circumstances when a woman and her doctor make the decision to end a pregnancy, it is critically important that she have access to care that is safe and legal. Much to the contrary, Amendment 6 does not even include an exception to protect a woman’s health, which means that even a woman with cancer could be prevented from getting the healthcare she needs! By limiting or eliminating options, Amendment 6 represents a dangerous intrusion into the lives of women and families in Florida.
As religious leaders from diverse traditions across the state, we urge you to oppose this unnecessary and demeaning proposal. Our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends deserve our compassion, support, and respect—not judgment and political interference.
Please vote NO on Amendment 6.